Dentures assist with eating, speaking, and smiling. If you have dentures, you know the it is important to look after them to make sure you get the most out of them. Below, we look at signs your dentures may be in need of repair.
- Broken Teeth
If you step of your dentures, put too much pressure on them, or even drop them, you could break a tooth. Never try to reattach a tooth yourself, rather have them professionally repaired.
- Cracks and Chips
Not every accident is going to claim an entire tooth, but you may notice a crack or chip. While these might not threaten the way the dentures function, they can create uneven and sharp surfaces, so you should have a denturist fill them.
- Difficulty with Chewing
Dentures aim to restore your eating habits. If you notice you having difficulty with chewing, it may be time for emergency denture repairs.
Dentures may never quite feel as comfortable as natural teeth, but they should never cause discomfort. If your jaw is sore, you feel uneven pressure, or any other discomfort, talk to the dentist right away.
- Change in Facial Shape
Teeth play an important role in keeping our cheeks looking even and full. Dentures perform this task, too. If you notice changes to your jawline or cheeks’ appearance, you may need to adjust the dentures.
- Changes in Fit
The top dentures should smoothly suction to the gums, and the bottom dentures float above the gums and remain comfortably in your mouth. If your dentures to fit the way they should, or there are sudden changes to the fit, they likely need to be adjusted.
- Pressure Sores
Ill-fitting dentures lead to pressure sores. If your dentures are not well fitted, pressure sores may develop in your mouth, especially in places on the gums where dentures place the most pressure on certain areas of the gums. Overall, denture pressure should be evenly distributed across the gums.
- Irritated Gums
Dentures certainly feel foreign at first, but once you get used to them, they should not lead to gum irritation. Watch out for inflammation, bleeding, or raw spots, as these may be indications that there’s a defect in the surface of the denture. Keep up good oral hygiene to combat these symptoms.
- Oral Sores
Dentures should not cause oral sores, but that can aggravate certain oral conditions. Raw patches and canker sores of tissue could stem from fissures in the denture’s surface. You may end up developing infections like thrush, too. If you notice any sores, talk to your dentist who may recommend changing your denture care routines or performing any necessary repairs and adjustments.
- Changes to Speech Patterns
Just like chewing, talking also relies on your teeth. You may slur when you first get dentures, but any speech problems will disappear as you get used to them. Should they return, or there are any other changes to your speech pattern, you may need to have the dentures adjusted.
If you observe any of these 10 signs, make sure to talk to your dentist immediately.